Current quotes from near and far about people, places, life and thoughts in Flyover Country

"You are in Cincinnati. You are a conservative bunch of people. Does anyone's blood pulse through their veins with an entrepreneurial bent?"

       --Bill Smead, CEO, Smead Capital Management, based in Seattle, and an investor in Kroger, about the company's challenges in rivaling Amazon in e-commerce, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2019

"For many Americans, the Heartland will remain the ultimate flyover country, a flat undifferentiated mass of square tracts and crop circles, to be pondered -- if at all -- from 35,000 feet while hurrying across the sky between the coasts. [But] this region -- at once cherished and maligned --- helped propel the United States to global power during the so-called American Century. Furthermore, the heartland will almost certainly decide the next U.S presidential election."

       --Andrew R. Graybill, chair of the history department at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, reviewing The Heartland, a new book by University of Illinois history professor Kristin L. Hoganson, in the Wall Street Journal, April 20-21, 2019